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YPARD Café Peru –Resilience and innovation stories by young entrepreneurs through pandemics

Young leaders shared their stories of resilience and innovation at the very first YPARD Café Youth & Inclusive Business: Fostering opportunities at the new normal, held the 29th of November by YPARD Chapter Peru, in this context we could think about the impacts of COVID- 19 pandemics on agribusiness value chains, how organizations are getting over those difficulties and also improving their environment.

The event began with the presentation and a welcome message from Marcelita Ponce de León, country representative of the YPARD Peru Chapter. After that, in the first part, Inspiring stories, Ricardo Guillén (Agrarian Association Renacer Andino) from Cajamarca told that although initial lockdown stopped their operations, it also caused that many youngsters returned from cities to the countryside and gave them the opportunity of taking advantage of their technical knowledge to stimulate farmers generational relief. Moreover, Illari Rojas (Coffee grower Association Tiobamba – Organic Products Amanecer) said that farmers associations from the jungle of Cusco are trying to influence young leadership but mainly the females so to develop new entrepreneurship.

Additionally, Mar Roca Estrella, local young performer, introduced us to her music, based on language and elements of the native amazon culture, and explained pros and cons of audio-visual format shows for artists, due to moving to virtuality caused by pandemics.

In the second part, we saw innovative business models. Christian Gutiérrez (Evea Eco Fashion) talked about how his company supports conservation and using amazon resources through more sustainable methods such as the application of wild rubber for the making of clothes. Karim Salazar (Tachyon Peru) explained that the marketing of his eco-friendly product used for pest control was affected due to the sanitarian crisis, but she could hold on to the company through the diversification of products and the sharing of knowledge with business incubators. After that, Christian Navarro (Sacha Market) showed his virtual market of Peruvian organic products and its strategy based on quality and honest communication.

Thanks to the release of the virtual pole New trends in feeding we understood that Peruvian young people in majority are aware of fair trade and the environmental impact of food production, according to this, many of them would pay even a 25% more for a product from a solitary business o related to fair trade.

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Global YPARD Café in Rwanda: Insights and highlights

On 12th December 2020, YPARD Rwanda Chapter in partnership with Alliance for Science Rwanda YPARD has run YPARD Global Café in Rwanda via zoom meeting and live-streamed through social media as part of avoiding the spread of COVID-19.

On the Global YPARD Café in Rwanda discussion panel, the event went online with 5 panellists. Pacifique Nshimyimana who moderated the event started by introducing himself as a young agripreneur and advocate for agriculture transformation by youth and technology. He introduced sponsors of the event with YPRAD Rwanda, Cornell Alliance for Science, and others who joined the Global YPARD Café.

After introducing himself, Ernest was the first panellist who raised much of the early discussion on social media with his company’s solution to use drones in agriculture. Linking his agripreneurial experience and a member of the YPARD Rwanda network, Ernest contributed more to the hope of smallholder farmers who are called to adopt new innovations. Big data and IoT that are featured with drones’ technology to better supply farmers with accurate data on pest management, harvest and logistics preparations.

Jean Damascene in his turn burked a lot on the status of extension services toward small producers. Mr. Damascene has worked with big organizations in the East African extension services industry like CABI and an assistant lecturer at Guru University in Uganda. His remarks touched more on the COVID-19 scenario where farmers are confined in their local areas due to lockdown but could still benefit from ICT based services to receive tailored extension services from Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB).

During the discussion and after, Ms. Gloria Mutuzo who is a young decollated agripreneur, her journey story of failure and resilience to keep going until she made it a success led the café vibe to be picked by many local and regional organizations on Twitter.

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YPARD Nigeria Café: Youth engagement in agribusiness post COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global food emergency that could have long-term impacts on hundreds of millions of children and adults. The soaring high prices of food and unavailability of our staple food here in Africa is a nightmare.

This is due mostly to a lack of access to food – as incomes fall, remittances are lost, and in some contexts, food prices rise. In countries already affected by high levels of acute food insecurity, it is no longer a food access issue alone, but increasingly a food production issue. It is in the light of the above that YPARD Nigeria launched a café that is aimed at encouraging youths to go into agriculture in order to fill the vacuum created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The café took place on the 9th December 2020 with 41 participants in attendance. The floor was opened by the Abia State YPARD Representative, Joseph Ikechukwu Jude. Joseph is also a Consultant, Animal Physiologist & the CEO of JIJNAALS Livestock Company Nig. Ltd. He spoke on: The Role of YPARD in Promoting Agriculture among Youth

Mr. Jude explained that YPARD is an international movement by Young Professionals for Agricultural Development. YPARD operates as a network; it is not a formalized institution. This global on-line and off-line communication and discussion platform is meant to enable and empower young agricultural leaders around the world to shape sustainable food systems. He explained the vision, mission and strategic aims of YPARD which is all geared towards promoting agriculture among youths. He further listed different aspects of agriculture that are essential and brings returns on investment (ROI) in record time.

The second panellist, Dr. Joshua Ibewuike (an animal nutritionist and an aquaculture specialist) spoke on: The Economic Benefits of Fish Farming For Youth

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How youth can engage in agribusiness post COVID-19

The Young Professionals for Agricultural development (YPARD), over the last couple of years, has offered young people with interest in agriculture, agribusiness, and players within the long diverse value chain a platform to interact, rub minds, share knowledge, expand their businesses, and generally innovate.

The rate of agricultural development in Nigeria is still relatively slow; practice being mostly subsistence and smallholdings. Products are consumed mostly by producers and the remainder gets into markets.

Processing has not been so developed as it applies in more advanced economies. For the few quantities of farm output scheduled for the export market, they are shipped in their raw forms with little or no value added. This essentially puts the exporting country in a disadvantaged position. Many jobs that would have been created in the processing value chain are exported. Jobs such as supply chain, quality control, processing engineering, logistics, standardization, packaging, etc are lost to the economies of the processing countries.

Nonetheless, things are changing gradually, however slow, but steady. This is as a result of more youth active participation in agriculture. Many agri-tech start-ups are springing up all around Nigeria with innovative models in primary production, processing, value addition, and packaging, in manners that had never been seen before. These start-ups are pioneered by young people to make profits and sustainable impact in their communities while leveraging smart technologies to achieve their goals. YPARD asides from the networking and business linkage benefits have been able to incubate ideas of young people in agriculture and see such ideas grow into high-impact sustainable businesses. Even if it is hard to find this elsewhere, it is happening in Nigeria.

Young people in agriculture have been on an impressive impacting trajectory, at the forefront of several innovative solutions for agricultural development, food and nutrition security in Nigeria until the outbreak of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus II otherwise known as COVID -19. This virulent threat, the ability of its damage initially underestimated, has swept over the entire world affecting all parts of the society. From aviation to technology to manufacturing to health to education to entertainment to political economies and very significantly, food systems.

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The role of networks in promoting food system transformations

Networks enable people from different backgrounds and knowledge areas to meaningfully connect to one another. 

Exchanging knowledge is fundamental to agroecology and to promote paradigm shifts in agriculture and society. The process known as “agroecological transition” can also be understood as a network, which is facilitated by the engagement of different stakeholders that could only bond, meet, and connect through agroecological transition activities. 

In this context, the Agroecology Network of Eastern São Paulo (Rede de Agroecologia do Leste Paulista) is an organization that involves several actors, such as family farmers, students, researchers, technicians, and extensionists, as well as many institutions. Together, they promote Agroecology in the territory of Eastern São Paulo through knowledge exchange and other supporting projects and activities. One of these projects is AgroecoLP, which aims at: 

  1. assessing the agricultural scenario of Eastern São Paulo, focusing on family farming, 
  2. understanding the demands of smallholder farmers, and 
  3. identifying priority areas for agroecological transition. 

Field trips in key properties and the action of institutional partners are two channels that help this process. Furthermore, the project touches upon a very important issue: the creation and strengthening of social-technical networks, which promote a direct and effective dialogue space for the actors in the region, allowing for lively interactions that help disseminate agroecological practices in Eastern São Paulo.
In the project’s context, the definition of priority action areas is a collaborative effort.

The project supports the organization of meetings and so-called “encontros” with all the network members and, more specifically, with microregional groups (six microregions form eastern São Paulo). These moments are essential to building trust, exchange data, and foster debate, engaging all agricultural actors, mainly family farmers. Furthermore, the co-development and co-planning of future steps is another important component of the project (as well as of agroecology, which focuses on the co-creation of knowledge).

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Join the Global YPARD Café in Nigeria

YPARD Nigeria is looking forward to hosting Agripreneurs within the next few days in Kano, Oyo and Abia States, Nigeria representing the Northern, Southern and Eastern Regions respectively.

Starting from Wednesday 9th, 2020 (Northern and Eastern region) and Saturday 12th December 2020 (southwest region) through the Global YPARD Cafe event Nigeria's Chapter of the Young Professional for Agricultural Development will take up the Baton to Lead the Global Cafe.

Introduction

YPARD Nigeria is organizing the Global YPARD Café Nigeria to discuss the impact of COVID19 in the engagement of young professionals in agribusiness and agriculture.

The event is physical but provisions will be made online for those who will want to follow progress on 9th December 2020 via social media reporting and an online link where applicable.

The Cafe event aims to showcase active youth involved in sustainable food systems and place more focus on youth engagement in agriculture in recent times, by fostering interaction between agribusiness experts, agriculturists and interested professionals regarding opportunities that increase youth employment, collaborations and contributions to socio-economic recovery.

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Meet the Voices on the Global YPARD Café in Rwanda

YPARD Rwanda Chapter is thrilled to welcome the youth of Rwanda, agriculture practitioners as well as all food security enthusiasts to join the Global YPARD Café. The event will bring together five guests panellists and youth champions of Agriculture in Rwanda to discuss and share challenges and opportunities arisen from the state of COVID-19 pandemic. This virtual event will take place on the 12th of December 2020 at 5:00 pm (Kigali time) .

To be held in partnership with Alliance for Science Rwanda, the café will run online via zoom meeting and live-streamed through social media. Guest panellists and the host will use an unconference format to share their experience as champions in Agriculture. It will also be an important opportunity to listen from youth perspectives towards agribusiness and the state implementation science amid the COVID19 pandemic .

The topic of the Café: Fresh Perspectives on the Future of Africa’s food security in midst of a pandemic like #COVID19 and a state of implementation science.

Coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted all forms of businesses after being the worst public health threat of our generation. During this café, young professionals in agriculture from Rwanda will discuss and share with the world how they are managing a pandemic and keeping the agri-food system viable. The café will also be meeting time to celebrate the Rwanda youth resilience in solving today and tomorrow’ food security challenge.

Among our guest panellists we have:

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Beating the hurdles of agribusiness in these times

World Food Day is celebrated every year on October 16. It marks the founding day of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

This year 2020, the World Food Day under the theme “Growth, Nourish, Sustain, Together” was celebrated as expected even as the world is managing the impact of the global pandemic, Covid-19.

As part of this yearly celebration, YPARD Nigeria South West region was proud to host an enlightening webinar (via Zoom) for agripreneurs tagged "Beating the hurdles of Agribusiness in times like this: Facts from young agripreneurs".

The webinar which had about thirty online participants started around 2:05 pm. The moderator, Mr Farotimi Olaoluwa, opened the webinar with a brief introduction about the event, the vision of YPARD and the speakers followed with their presentations.

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YPARD Global Café: The baton handed to Africa

Within the next few days- starting from Saturday 12 December 2020, Africa’s chapters of the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) take up the baton to lead the worldwide forum dubbed the Global YPARD Café (GYC).

The YPARD Café within the YPARD Country Chapters has been a platform for discourse by Young Professionals on key youth issues in sustainable food systems. This has been an engagement, which highlights youth’s perspectives on the issues as well as the bottlenecks of youth’s contribution to sustainable food systems within the countries and the way forward. The Global YPARD Café hence is a country-led international forum open to our networks across the globe through onsite and online participation via our social media channels. This is the first-ever YPARD Café with a global scope and it has successfully commenced with our chapters in Europe, Asia and LAC.

Random glimpses of the surge

The GYC as led in Asia by YPARD Armenia promoted modern and clean agriculture and to ensure the sustainable income and financial security of young entrepreneurs. This offered an opportunity for young professionals to develop new skills and capabilities, and to be informed on recent developments for them to remain competitive in their resolve to contribute to sustainable food systems within their scope.

In South America, YPARD Peru generated conversations among young entrepreneurial leaders in the agri-food system. Through these interactions, these young professionals shared their business-related strategies of building resilience and innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic. This also helped the participants identify the way forward for new ways of consumption and future challenges for production.

Similarly, in Europe, YPARD Albania’s session churned out approaches to facing pandemics based on lessons learnt from the challenges that young agripreneur participants of the session experienced in the context of the COVID-19 situation. an open discussion will take place between participants with a highlight of best policies and approaches to face pandemics time and lessons learnt from this emerged/ unusually situation.

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YPARD Nepal Café: Quality Management and Environment Management System

YPARD Nepal is organizing a training related to ISO (International Organization for Standardization) titled “Internal Auditor Training on Quality Management System (ISO 9001) and Environmental Management System (ISO 14001) as per ISO 19011 International Standards.” 

The internationally certified tutor with years of experience in ISO field will be delivering practical insights relating to industry application as well as Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME’s) quality operation. 

In order to make program more effective, delegates are expected to be highly motivated and curious to put forward the queries in case of any doubts until solved. The completion of the course will enable the delegates to implement ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 within any type of organization also, equipped with the required skills to conduct an internal audit within an organization. Interested delegates can find the form below for easy registration to access the session.

About tutors

Mr. Rabin Shrestha, Mr. Girish Pokhrel, and Mr. Abhishek Pokharel are the Founders of Globus Certification P. Ltd and has a Good exposure in ISO related Standard (Especially in ISO 9001:2015, ISO 22000:2005, ISO 14000:2015 and ISO 45000). Mr. Rabin Shrestha has an MBA - Marketing from Westcliff University, B.Tech (Food) from Tribhuvan University and PGDCA (Running) from Purbanchal University.

Similarly, Mr. Girish Pokhrel is also taking the MBA course from the same University after graduating with B. Tech (Food). He has over 3 years of experience in the manufacturing industry with additional 3 years’ experience in the ISO certification and training sector. 

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Let us rewrite the story of food production, now!

Industrial food production, how we know it, is at its end: For a long time, humanity was promised to benefit from large scale production and high-end efficiency through technological advance in food production. In reality, climate change, rising unemployment and price instability have proved us wrong. The consequence we draw from this equation: We need to put an end to industrial production and instead chase transformative change to Agroecology. Now.

Let me tell you a story…

Modern supermarkets make our hearts beat faster: The supermarket has become a place of excitement. Shopping is no longer running an errand, but a free time activity with amusement character. Strolling along the corridors we encounter an endless number of foods and products from a variety of brands shouting one message, Buy me! The massive amounts of perfectly shaped vegetables and the happy cows on milk cartons try to tell us one story: Everything will be okay. But it will not unless we twist the plot of this story.

The industry behind the concept of those supermarkets has a name. Industrial agriculture uses modern technology and large-scale production to promote faster growth and reduce failed harvest. Further it aims at increasing production outcomes in animal farming. Supporters argue, only industrial agriculture can provide sufficient food for the world’s demand by a decent price.

 

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Join the 2020 YPARD Albania Café!

YPARD Albania in collaboration with the Agricultural University of Tirana is organizing the YPARD Café Albania to discuss the impact of COVID19 in the engagement of young professionals in agribusiness and agriculture. The activity will be held online on 26 November 2020 through the zoom platform. This event aims to place more focus on youth engagement in contemporary times by fostering interaction between young people and experts in agriculture and agribusiness regarding opportunities that increase youth employment and contributions to socio-economic recovery.

The Café will bring together Young Professionals and experts on youth engagement in the country to discuss issues of young people related to their interest in agriculture. This is to position young people themselves as influencers in the strategic direction of youth engagement in sustainable systems within the country, in the region and beyond.

To discuss this activity, in the first section experts are invited to introduce their point of view about the new challenges and new opportunities of agriculture and agribusiness during and post-pandemic time.

Topics to present according to the Agenda will be:

  • Impact of Covid 19 on Agrotourism
  • Impact of Covid 19 on rural development
  • Impact of Covid-19 on Agribusiness in Kosovo and some information about this impact in the EU and Beyond

In the second section, we have invited two Youngers that are engaged in agriculture and agro-tourism newly and will share their success story with the participants.

In the third section, an open discussion will take place between participants with a highlight of best policies and approaches to face pandemics time and lessons learnt from this emerged/ unusually situation.

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YPARD Café Peru – YOUTH & INCLUSIVE BUSINESS: Fostering opportunities at the new normal

Within the framework of the first-ever Global YPARD Café, YPARD chapter Peru has been selected at Latin America to bring about the special event: YPARD Café Peru – YOUTH & INCLUSIVE BUSINESS: Fostering opportunities at the new normal, adapting to local context the original YPARD Café – Youth Engagement in Agribusiness Post COVID-19.

We are placed to invite the whole YPARD network and the general public to take part this 29th November of 2020 at 17:00 hours (PET UTC -5). The webinar will be simultaneously translated into English and Quechua, and also broadcasted by the Facebook Live accounts of every Latin American Country Chapters (Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Grenada, Colombia).

Our specific goals are:

  • Talking with youngsters involved in the Peruvian agri-food system, people who are currently leading entrepreneurship, to share their stories about resilience and innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Crossing those stories with appraisals from agri-food local chain value specialists, regarding the new context and the way forward for new ways of consumption and future challenges for production.

We have prepared a singular and fun schedule:

  • Speeches about several young entrepreneurship.
  • The presentation of the results of the survey New Trends in Food.
  • Analysis and interpretation by specialists.
  • A musical band interlude and a brief interview about cultural employment.
  • A prize draw of organic food baskets for participants (valid only for Peru).
  • The final balance.

This event will be a remarkable opportunity for those who want to know more about agri-food systems using the Peruvian case as a model: professionals, producers, social organizations, or possible investors.

To join us just register here, this space is relevant to get closer, to understand and show the dialogue value between young entrepreneur leaders, rural and urban: be part of our network.

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Join the Global YPARD Café in Yerevan, Armenia

The Armenian chapter of the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD) is organizing a Global YPARD Café in Yerevan on 29 November 2020 at the IRIS Social Incubator Centre. The café aims to promote modern and clean agriculture and to ensure the sustainable income and financial security of our beneficiaries. This is an exceptional opportunity for the young professionals to develop new skills and capabilities, to be engaged in a highly professional network and to be informed on recent developments in order to remain competitive for developing agricultural fields in Armenia.

This is the best opportunity for the Armenian youth to become a part of the YPARD Armenia team, as well as to present their innovative projects and activities to the public.

Thus, the Global YPARD Café in Yerevan is being held in Armenia for the first time! To participate, you need to fill out the application form at: ( https://forms.gle/rqZPZrxTRcXgk8TFA )

There are 2 opportunities to participate:

  1. participate as a presenter and be chosen as one of the 5 success stories. Submit your success story at https://bit.ly/33awKy4
  2. participate as a Cafe? member by registering at https://bit.ly/33awKy4

The 5 selected projects will present their ideas and will have the opportunity to publish a blog on the global YPARD platform www.ypard.net.

The participants are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • exceptional experience,
  • innovative ideas,
  • impact on nature and climate change,
  • project/idea sustainability.

This is a great chance for young people to get familiar with the YPARD international platform, present their ideas and views in the field of agriculture and become a part of future programs and events.

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Welcoming the new YPARD Brazil communications focal point: Danilo Crispim Massuela

YPARD is delighted to welcome Danilo Crispim Massuela as the Communication Focal Person for YPARD Brazil. 

Danilo is a graduate with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics from the University of Hohenheim, Germany and a Bachelor in Food Engineering from Mauá Institute of Technology, Brazil. Currently, Danilo is pursuing a PhD in Crop Sciences, in the research field of medical cannabis cultivation systems, related extraction technologies and sociological discourses at the University of Hohenheim, Germany.

Food enthusiast by passion, food engineer and agricultural specialist by education. Danilo has been swinging across a broad range of research areas related to food culture; ranging from food science, post-harvest technologies and commercialization, crop sciences and agricultural production to rural sociology. Danilo considers himself a generalist rather than a specialist; and the opportunity to broaden his horizons on all steps, actors and procedures relevant to food systems has guided his curiosity and academic interests so far. For him, only interdisciplinary actions and teamwork are able to tackle the current global challenges in areas of food production, sustainability, societal equity and rural development.

Through his bachelor thesis with the application of edible insects as a novel animal protein source to his master thesis research with marginalized rural minorities and Quilombola traditional communities of Brazil, Danilo has been deeply interested in the fields of agricultural development, the fight against hunger and the design and execution of national programs and public policies to promote youth empowerment and social emancipation.

This year, Danilo connected and built a team of volunteers from several areas (as project management, photography, communication and marketing specialists) to create political strategies and social media campaigns to one of the Quilombola community’s leadership - to participate in the Brazilian parliamentary run in 2020. This action culminated in the election of the first black, Quilombola woman to ever occupy a position in the region parliament. Empowered, she will be able to design and vote for new laws to tackle the problems and address the demands of her rural community.

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Call for applicants - YPARD Country Representatives for the Africa region

YPARD Africa is seeking young, innovative and fresh spirited professionals to take on the role of a Country Representatives (CR) and continue its work on enabling and empowering young agricultural leaders shaping sustainable food systems. In this call, we are looking for young people specifically from:

Algeria

Libya

Morocco

Sudan

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Call for applicants - YPARD country representatives for the European region

YPARD Europe is seeking young, innovative and fresh spirited professionals to take on the role of a Country Representatives (CR) and continue its work on enabling and empowering young agricultural leaders shaping sustainable food systems. In this call, we are looking for young people specifically from:

  • Netherlands
  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • Austria
  • Spain

In case you are from another country of the European region and we do not have this country chapter (See the list of active chapters here), you can also send us your application (according to the instructions below) and we can discuss opening a new country chapter.

Being a CR is a unique opportunity for you to be more active with fellow young professionals in agricultural and related fields in the European region as well as with the global YPARD network.

We would also like to explore ways to start a new YPARD chapter in your country. Here are some initial insights on how one becomes more active with YPARD. This would be a great opportunity for you to become active with fellow young agricultural professionals in your country as well as with the global YPARD network.

As a country representative, you will have the chance to:

  • To lead initiatives that enable you to work to improve young people's perception of agriculture in your country  
  • Help young professionals to reach their full potential in agricultural development by being the voice of YPARD and represent the members of the community in your country.
  • Have a useful tool for your future aspirations in the working field by being the YPARD country representative
  • Have the opportunity to travel abroad 
  • Have a great asset for your CV as YPARD connected to SDC, GFAR and FAO and many other partner organizations (our partners)
  • Have the chance to connect/ get to know other YPARD members - not just at the European level but also globally                                                                                                               
  • Contribute to agricultural development in your country and Europe
  • Have a link with YPARD partners (see list of partners HERE)

This is a voluntary position that will not interfere with your day-to-day activities. You will have full support from the YPARD Europe and Global team. 

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Twin Safety RD: "Thing that changed our lives"

This testimony of Ana and María Tavarez Méndez is part of the generation of Dominicans young motivated by innovation in the future of agriculture and the fight against hunger.

At the beginning of our undergraduate studies, we were told about scholarship opportunities to study food technology. We thought about computer science applied to food, which we found interesting due to our passion for technology, hence our passion for food safety begins.

In 2011, at the end of the Food Technology Engineering degree at the ISA University, we began our passionate career and after an incredible experience in supermarkets, then, we began to work since 2013 in various programs and projects of food safety and health in the public and private sectors.

Careers related to the agricultural sector are very important in our country due to the great potential of agricultural production in our lands and the exports of fresh fruits and vegetables, which represents a good opportunity for the professional development of young people. A big step we took was to pursue a Master's degree in Food Safety and Security, which then motivated us to create the RD Twin Safety Initiative.

We act as entrepreneurs and facilitators of awareness in relation to Food Safety in the Dominican Republic. We promote the creation of safety forums, including awareness through social networks and youth groups that motivate others to get involved and learn about the subject to enhance development opportunities in the food sector, which moves us to keep updating ourselves.

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Sommet de la jeunesse ivoirienne sur les objectifs de Développement Durable 2020

Les étudiants (tes) et jeunes entrepreneurs sociaux sélectionnés sur le territoire national ont

Participer à la deuxième édition du sommet de la jeunesse ivoirienne sur les objectifs de développement durable à la Commission nationale de la Francophonie sis à Abidjan Cocody deux plateaux. Cette rencontre s’est tenue le samedi 24 octobre 2020 de 08h00 à 18h00.

Le thème principal de cette rencontre était : les jeunes de Côte d’ivoire face aux défis de changement climatique.

Ce fut l’occasion pour Monsieur Dosso Mouhamadou, fondateur et président du conseil d’administration de APEE Côte d’ivoire également responsable Communication de YPARD Côte d’ivoire à procéder à l’ouverture du sommet par un message action adresser aux jeunes présents. Plusieurs sous thématiques ont été abordées à savoir : entrepreneuriat verte et agricole et changement climatique ; Paix Développement durable ; la recherche d’opportunités et importance du volontariat jeunes.

Les panelistes : Monsieur Dr Aboua Gustave, Directeur Général du développement durable au ministère l’environnement et du développement durable ; Andy Costa, ambassadeur du vélo ; Monsieur Laber Stéphane, écrivain journaliste ; Monsieur Taonda Adama du Burkina Faso expert en changement climatique, biodiversité et agriculture durable au CEA CCBAD ; Professeur Miloud Lahchimi du Maroc ; Ismail Kone, co-fondateur de organisation Green Student ; Monsieur Sossou Medard, Directeur Programmes et projets de APEE Côte d’ivoire.

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COVID-19 and its impact on seed sector in Nepal

The outbreak of COVID-19 as a global pandemic has brought ineluctable impact on all sphere of life from downturn of global economy to abrupt effect on public health. Nepal, an impecunious country whose major economy relies on agriculture production has been hard hit by this pandemic. Due to the strict lockdown enforced by the government of Nepal, seed market couldn’t function steadily and effectively as a result of which has brought inevitable effect on production, certification, distribution and cost of seed that contributes a crucial role in developing resilient agriculture sector and food system. Seed are basic central input to the crop production, human nutrition and food security that strengthen the agriculture sector and prop the livelihood of farmer and other action in the food value chain. Seed industry is truly globalized: before it reaches to the farmer it crossed many countries for multiplication, production, processing and packaging. High quality seed are the fundamental input that alone contributes 15-20% enhancement in the output level. But the condition of the lockdown and havoc of pandemic has worsen the situation of the country.

Before the pandemic had hit the country there were also multihued constraint on the seed sector and agriculture production which include lack of varietal development, unavailability of the suitable varieties, issue to extension of the various agricultural technology, in appropriate implementation of government plans and policies. After the pandemic the problem is exaggerate more. Unavailability of seed has delayed in the sowing and plantation of the seasonal crop and vegetables. The price is hiking for the stock seed as a result of which has reduced the purchasing capacity of the farmer for production. The tight safety measure at boarder site has affected timing and costing of the seed. Due to the reduced number of commercial flights, fewer personnel available for production, transportation and documentation process and a contraction in the market for plants and seeds is creating problems in term of production of seed for international trade as well as access of quality seed at domestic market and agriculture production. Poor enforcement of plans, strategies by the government for the development of community seed bank, gene bank has also hinder the seed sector of the country. There is no any stock seed available in the country due to the lack of logistic support and technical manpower in NARC due to which there lacks consistency in the production of Breeder and foundation seed. Addition to this, Nepal’s huge dependence on hybrid seeds has already created great effect on preservation of germplasm of indigenous variety and landraces. Some of the allocated budget on the agriculture sector has also been used for the Covid-19 rescue and control due to which local government are unable to provide subsidy, incentives to the farmers during this condition.

Proper plan and its implementation is very necessary to overcome any problems. The following solution can be put into action for the minimization of seed related issues:

Proper action plan and strategies should be made to strengthen fast tract variety development, release and registration to facilitate making accessible to wider range of new competent choice variety by reducing breeding cycle (through Marker assisted breeding, shuttle breeding) adopted in multiple domains and seasons.

Breeder should be encouraged and provided with well equipped resources, trainings and research station to produce quality seed.

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